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A mother is facing a murder trial over the death of her 11-week-old son who died from head injuries in an Essex flat as the father will also stand charged with cruelty and perverting the course of justice.
Eloddie Goncalves, 31, is accused of murdering her baby son Malik Goncalves in August 2020.
She is also charged with causing the death and cruelty to a child, both in relation to Malik, as well as counts of assaulting an emergency worker and perverting the course of justice.
The mother was not present during a plea hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court today, where no indication of plea was giving.
Muritala Olaiya-Imam, Malik’s 36-year-old father, appeared at the same court to plead not guilty to offences of allowing the death of his son, cruelty to a child and perverting the course of justice.
Both parents were remanded in custody ahead of a provisional trial date of November 21 later this year with a provisional trial estimate of five weeks.
Police and paramedics rushed to Joyners Field in Harlow, Essex at around 10am on August 19, 2020. Two-month-old boy, Malik Goncalves, was unconscious and not breathing and later died
Several police and ambulance vehicles were seen parked up in front of the high-rise block of flats while an air ambulance was also seen landing nearby in a field off of Rye Hill Road
Goncalves, of Harlow, Essex, and Olaiya-Imam, Western Avenue, Dagenham, will next appear before the court for a case management hearing set for June 20.
Essex Police said officers were called to reports that the child had been taken ill at an address in Joyners Field, Harlow, shortly before 10am on August 19, 2020.
Malik was found unconscious and not breathing and later died at the scene, despite the efforts of paramedics.
Several police and ambulance vehicles were seen parked up in front of the high rise block of flats while an air ambulance was also seen landing nearby in a field off of Rye Hill Road following the incident.